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post #511 of 531 Old 04-30-2013, 11:08 AM
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BRPBS has just purchased a new british drama called DCI Banks during their "financial crisis". I have learned that Direct TV and Dish customers will lose BRPBS as well since the transmitters are completely shutting down. Tennessee or North Carolina PBS signals will be used instead of
WBRA/Roanoke on satellite providers. BRPBS could have chosen to operate at reduced power or kept one of the transmitters on. The coverage areas of the Norton and Roanoke transmitters actually adjoin each other near Marion.
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Does anyone know exactly when Charter is going all digital here? And with that, and its re-branding to Charter Spectrum, will it finally give us the rest of its channels in HD?
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Is anyone seeing WMSY or WSBN? According to FCC filings, they signed back on at the end of March.

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So, I see WBRA 15-2 in Roanoke is back on the air. When I was visiting my parents over the Labor Day weekend, it looked like it was airing wall-to-wall pledge drive type programming.

Is this the programming that is airing on WMSY and WSBN?

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WSBN is still off the air. I saw it pop on the air one weekend a few months ago for a short period and nothing since.
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ABC moving from 19 to 11-2 Feb 1st

WJHL article (CBS)
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http://wjhl.com/2016/01/04/media-gen...ri-cities-dma/

ABC 19 article
http://abc19.tv/abc-moves-its-affili...nva-tv-market/
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – George DeVault, President of Holston Valley Broadcasting, announced today that the ABC Television Network affiliation for the Tri-Cities market is being moved from WKPT-TV.1 in Kingsport to WJHL.2 in Johnson City. The change becomes effective February 1.

According to DeVault, “ABC presented to us a proposal that would have had us paying the network at least 15 million dollars over the next 5 years. Although we ultimately agreed to meet the network’s terms, ABC told us a few days ago that it had decided to explore other options in the market. WKPT-TV had been negotiating in good faith with ABC since October of last year,” DeVault said.
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Kind of sad but not surprised at all.
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ABC moving from 19 to 11-2 Feb 1st

WJHL article (CBS)
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http://wjhl.com/2016/01/04/media-gen...ri-cities-dma/

ABC 19 article
http://abc19.tv/abc-moves-its-affili...nva-tv-market/
The ABC-19 article more clearly explains the financial factors involved.
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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WKPT) – George DeVault, President of Holston Valley Broadcasting, announced today that the ABC Television Network affiliation for the Tri-Cities market is being moved from WKPT-TV.1 in Kingsport to WJHL.2 in Johnson City. The change becomes effective February 1.

According to DeVault, “ABC presented to us a proposal that would have had us paying the network at least 15 million dollars over the next 5 years. Although we ultimately agreed to meet the network’s terms, ABC told us a few days ago that it had decided to explore other options in the market. WKPT-TV had been negotiating in good faith with ABC since October of last year,” DeVault said.
A few technical issues have not been mentioned. Will Media General convert CBS on 11.1 from 1080i to 720p resolution, and also carry ABC on 11.2 in 720p HD? And I would assume now both CBS and ABC channels will share the same local newscast from WJHL.
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Will Media General convert CBS on 11.1 from 1080i to 720p resolution, and also carry ABC on 11.2 in 720p HD?
They dont need to downconvert CBS to 720p. You can run a 1080i and a 720p with no issues. Gray is doing that with their markets (now they do downconvert the subchannel to 720p but since ABC is already 720p they are set)

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And I would assume now both CBS and ABC channels will share the same local newscast from WJHL.
probably

The 2 questions I have are
-what happens to MeTV
-assume the syndicated shows on 19 will stay on 19 so there will be some blank spots (when no ABC programming) on 11-2 to fill
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In the comments about this on WJHL's Facebook someone says they called the station and was told that MeTV would be "phased out."

WJHL's sister WNCT in Greenville, NC has CW in HD on .2 along with 1080i CBS on the primary. In comparison with WRAL (with a standard def .2) you can tell CBS looks a little softer on WNCT, especially during football.

WKPT would probably do well to pick up MeTV if they drop it.
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Just a forum observation - nothing like a network affiliation shake-up to activate discussion after some 15 months of a dormant Tri-Cities forum As I and another North Carolinian posted on the WKPT FB page, this reminds us Charlotte-area viewers back to when WCCB had Fox yanked away a few years back. Thing is, WCCB has fought back and appears to have done quite well against the odds of survival. With similar creative-thinking and available resources, it would seem WKPT can do the same. However, WCCB has consistently delivered a quality product for MANY years - plus they kept their news department post-Fox.

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The news department is what kept WCCB alive. I don't really understand why WKPT is throwing the towel in before they even give it a shot. To be fair though I also didn't know that they do news. is it a real newscast like the other stations? Last time I saw them was on cable in Boone a few years ago, and from what I recall it was just a reporter reading headlines from a news/talk radio station.
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WCCB's news also won some of its time periods and was very well-established. WKPT had no news at all from 2008 to 2013, as I recall, and I'm not sure how many people watch it.

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WCCB's news also won some of its time periods and was very well-established. WKPT had no news at all from 2008 to 2013, as I recall, and I'm not sure how many people watch it.

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WCCB had the top rated 10pm newscast and has continued to provide strong local news and sports programming, as well as adding the CW affiliation. So they have hung in there and continue to do well. Plus they have MeTV and AntennaTV subchannels. I just wish they could transmit their signal from the Dallas, NC area so I could receive their signal at my location like some of the other Charlotte channels. Or at least go ahead and build their previously planned Crowder's Mtn. translator. But I know with the spectrum repack those such matters are on hold.
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WCCB's news also won some of its time periods and was very well-established. WKPT had no news at all from 2008 to 2013, as I recall, and I'm not sure how many people watch it.

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Well, the morning producer is a friend of mine and I hate to add to their misery as they will be fired when this happens, but I will say I watched one of their Saturday morning newscasts back in October and it was not good. The anchor was obviously running her own teleprompter, unless a reporter was covering something local there was no b-roll video and the weather was basically her reading the forecast off of the local NWS web site. Add to that very few actual ads (your average 2 minute break was one local ad, one PSA and two promos for other shows on WKPT or one of their subchannels) and I can see why they are in such financial trouble.

Plus being on 11.2 pretty much triples the area ABC will reach now. I know people living on a mountain who could see the WKPT tower from their house (and lived 20 miles away) and couldn't get it at all over the air because WKPT is such low power.
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Plus being on 11.2 pretty much triples the area ABC will reach now. I know people living on a mountain who could see the WKPT tower from their house (and lived 20 miles away) and couldn't get it at all over the air because WKPT is such low power.
What? That makes no sense. If they could see the tower, then that 200 kW signal should be no sweat, unless they were behind the antenna looking into the null. Plus, WKPT has a boatload of translators all over the place.

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A few technical issues have not been mentioned. Will Media General convert CBS on 11.1 from 1080i to 720p resolution, and also carry ABC on 11.2 in 720p HD? And I would assume now both CBS and ABC channels will share the same local newscast from WJHL.
I receive WCYB out of the tri cities here in western NC and they also similarly carry another one of the broadcast networks on a subchannel. Not sure if it's right or not but my Samsung tv shows that NBC on 5.1 is 1080i and that the CW on 5.2 is also broadcast in 1080i, not sure if this is a mistake or it really is the case. Both seem to have pretty good picture quality still as well as the decades subchannel on 5.3.
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Yeah WCYB changed 5.2 The CW over to 1080i about 2 months ago. They are the only channel that I have seen running 2 1080i channels along with a 480i. I'll have to admit that they all look pretty good too. I hate it for WKPT; I'd like to see them succeed but I'm not sure given the current circumstances that's going to happen. I also hate to lose METV from WHJL11.2. Luckily I can still get METV from Knoxville WBIR 10.2.
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Here's a thread devoted to Charter cable systems in northwestern North Carolina, which also serve Mountain City and nearby portions of Johnson and Carter counties.

WKPT is the only Tri-Cities local channel carried in HD on the Mountain City system; the others are all from Charlotte.

Boone/Hickory, NC - Charter
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